Or, Mrs. Beasing's Extracurricular Lessons on the London Season
SessionA session is the complete progression of steps one through four detailed within the Gameplay Instructions manual. Each session is effectively a single scene within the game; many sessions string themselves together to create a season.
SeasonA season is the collection of two or more sessions played in a single setting; typically a complete season is six sessions in number, but may be shorter or longer depending on the preferences of the players.
Settings & Events
When Can We Play?Victorian era London was chosen as the default setting for Calling on Love- but only because your esteemed author loves the era much herself (what with all the romanticism). You, however, may not enjoy such a setting near as much; you may prefer a setting in China, or the Middle East. Or, perhaps, one would prefer the 15th Century before the 18th. Time travel is certainly possible- and most reasonable, should one wish for something more aligned with their tastes.
Where Can We Play?The London social season spans a range of events- not all of which are Galas or Balls... Indeed, an individual may receive an invitation to a viewing at an Art Gallery, attend a Tea Party in the Royal Gardens, or perhaps find their lover at a Wedding. The truly adventurous may even enjoy an afternoon outing on a boat- or many such other events; you may choose to go to whichever please you- after all, one has little obligation to go where they do not wish to.
What About that Dreaded Historical Accuracy?To put it plainly: What about it? Certainly one should remember their manners first and foremost. That much should be abundantly clear. But a setting neither requires nor necessitates historical accuracy in any manner greater than one is comfortable with... Indeed, one should be encouraged to play according to their own preferences regardless of the setting or era one finds themself within- including where it concerns gender, sexuality, ethnicity, class, and other such factors people often deign to beat the historical rug with (incorrectly, I might be so brave as to add). All of that is to say that, so long as the game remains in the spirit of Calling on Love, one is perfectly free to "go ham" with the details.
What Is a Calling Card?The history of the Calling Card is a long and storied one, having originated in 15th century China- though variations of such things certainly existed as far back as the kings of olden Egypt. These proper identifications were most widely used between the 17th and 20th centuries by the noble elites, with the height of their popularity reaching its peak during the Victorian era in which Calling on Love is set; they are the historical predecessors of what we consider the Business Card today- albeit with much more of a social role than a business one.